As a fourth-generation Coloradan, Craig Smith was raised with a deep appreciation for his home state and a desire to help its citizens prosper. True to the spirit of the West, Smith’s persistence and work ethic earned him a prestigious fellowship at El Pomar Foundation, a job that laid the foundation for his rise to President & COO of HomeAdvisor by age 33. One year later, Smith was named a Colorado Biz “CEO of the Year” finalist and helped earn the company top honors as Denver Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” and CTA Technology “Company of the Year.” As one of HomeAdvisor’s early executives, Smith was instrumental in building the company from an idea to Colorado’s largest consumer Internet brand.
Today, Smith still serves as President & COO of HomeAdvisor, responsible for leading more than 1,400 employees, including international and subsidiary businesses. In true pioneer fashion, he has helped launch and guide several new start-ups in Denver, and serves on the board of Remotely, a Colorado-based technology start-up.
In addition to his leadership in the business community, Smith has stayed true to his philanthropic roots. In addition to Remotely, he serves on The Children’s Hospital Colorado Corporate Leadership Council and the Board of Directors of the Beanstalk Foundation, where he helped champion a new strategy to support the social enterprise movement.
In 2015, Craig received the first ever Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medal recognizing his professional excellence and positive impact on the Colorado Community.
Smith graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 1997 with a degree in Finance.
Craig lives in Denver with his wife and three young children and starts his mornings with a bike ride to take his daughter to school. Even though she’s only in kindergarten, these rides have become the greatest source of inspiration shaping his future career and civic duties. As they say: “Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”